England legend slams Brighton over Tau


England and Arsenal legend Ian Wright has expressed his dissatisfaction at Brighton and Hove Albion’s decision to send Percy Tau to the Belgian second division.

The jury has been out in recent weeks over Brighton’s decision to sack manager Chris Hughton despite helping the club survive relegation.

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Some have felt pity for the former Tottenham Hotspur full-back, with others suggesting that his race may have played a part in his ‘misfortune’.

However, Wright, a BBC football pundit, is of the view that Hughton’s ‘negative’ football was the reason behind his departure, while he also slammed the 60-year-old manager for sending Tau to a league “he’s miles better than”.

“The owner of Brighton took a player like Percy Tau, and what they should have done was fought hard, because he’s a special talent,” said Wright.

“But because he owns a second division club in Belgium, they’ve taken a talent like Percy there, where – okay, he’s won the Player of the Year, but – he showed he’s miles better than that league.

“He should have been gone to Ligue 1, so that when he goes there then at least what happens with Percy is that he would elevate himself.

“People will see what he’s doing in that league and they – Brighton – will be able to put a case for him to say, ‘This guy is better than this and should be playing for us.’

“So, that annoys me. That’s another player Chris Hughton or the owners should have fought for, for me, because he’s offensive and he was going to create something for them.”

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The Carling Black Label Cup ambassador further added: “Chris Hughton was, for me, a very negative manager in respects of offensive playing football, so in the end, the owner of the club wants a different style of football.

“We know they’re good defensively, but you’ve got offensive players so let them play – that is why he lost his job, no other reason. When you look at his record from before, none of his teams play particularly great, attacking football – they survive; they get by.

“Because he’s a nice guy, everybody says, ‘Oh, you have to be nice.’ I said it at the time, his team was a very negative team that played negative football and they’re very lucky to stay up.”

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